Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson (a local author from Westchester) is an YA book, but I wouldn’t recommend it for younger readers – it is pretty intense.
The novel is about Mary B. Addison, a name that everyone across the country knows, because when she was nine years old she killed a baby – allegedly. The details of what really happened that night are murky. Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a dangerous group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.
There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Mother. Her mother has manipulated and lied for years to keep the truth from coming out but she holds the key to Mary’s freedom.
As I said, this book is intense, but it is AMAZING. Almost immediately you realize that Mary is probably innocent, but the real details of what happened that fateful night remain a mystery until the end. I can guarantee that you will be flying through the pages on the edge of your seat with this one!